My baby girl, I’ll never forget you – your smile, your laugh, the way your hair sparkles in the sun. I cannot comprehend this pain. I cannot breathe through it.
In the middle of the night, Claire wakes up to discover that her beloved daughter, Julia, is dead – and life, as she knows it, is over.
Searching for answers, Claire stumbles upon a pile of letters, hidden under Julia’s bed in an old, battered shoebox, and feels closer to her daughter than ever before. They tell her that Julia was happy, that she was thriving at university, that she was in love.
But as the letters go on, Claire starts to feel uneasy at something hidden between the lines. Even as she grieves, she must prepare to face a shocking discovery. Because Julia was hiding a terrible secret – and when it’s uncovered, it will devastate a family already torn apart by tragedy.
The author really knows how to catch your attention with the first chapter. It left me with goosebumps all over.
A lot of people do not believe in (female) intuition. I wonder why because it has already saved a lot of lives and maybe animals are more clever than humans. They do trust it for 100%. But there is something that is even stronger than that : a mother’s intuition. Why is it that everybody finds it hard to believe when she is convinced that there is more to it than the eye can see?
It should be clear by now that mum’s don’t give up so easily and they will move heaven and earth to make sure justice conquers all.
I guessed rather early on who played the main part in the letters, but that did disturb me at all. The story was too good to let that spoil the pleasure. I wanted to know how the author would reveal everything and what would come to the surface.
The book is a bucket filled to the brim with emotions.
And then there is the last chapter where … No, no no, I am not going to say more. That’s for me to know and for you to find out. 4,5 stars.
Thank you, Nicole Trope, Bookouture and Netgalley.
Book received courtesy of publisher/author.
About the author
Nicole Trope Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because, as her professor pointed out, ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’
She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree. In between raising three children, working for her husband and renovating houses, she has published six novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia.